Ben Hutcherson: “We had a last-minute show in Las Vegas, but very few details. It was at a strip-mall VFW hall far from any actual nightlife. The manager explained that the show was some local metal musician’s fortieth birthday party and that we could expect to be paid in Bud Light and a single cheese pizza. Guarantee? What guarantee? The guy then informed us he had an AR-15 in the trunk of his car. He then asked to play Zach’s drums, which seemed to mean he was going to play. Awesome. We found ourselves playing to the three other bands and the staff. This guy was not popular. We bailed as soon as we were done, as we’d heard about a ‘killer house show’ we could hop on. Maybe we could save this night? Nope.
Khemmis plays the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins on November 27 and the Larimer Lounge on December 28 and 29.
Editor's Note: The Denver Bootleg is a series chronicling the history of local music venues by longtime Denver cartoonist Karl Christian Krumpholz. Visit Krumpholz's website to see more of his work.